The Section for Structures and Safety covers both traditional and contemporary structural engineering disciplines for buildings, bridges, offshore structures, and other load-carrying structures in the built environment. The disciplines covered comprise structural design, structural analysis, assessment of existing structures and loads on structures. Cross-disciplinary focus areas cover innovative, smart, and adaptive structures and structural assessment based on digital twins.

The research area is key to the optimization of resource consumption and environmental impact associated with establishment of new structures and the assessment and decision making regarding safe and sustainable maintenance of the existing built environment. The research methods are both theoretical and experimental, taking advantage of state-of-the art research infrastructure including a high-performance computing centre and an advanced structural and material test centre.

Responsibilities and tasks
As a professor in Structural Loads and Safety you are expected to play a leading role in the further academic development of one of the disciplines covered by the section. You will contribute to education, research, and development of at least one of the following areas:

  • Structural design for a sustainable use of materials and new design paradigms based on advanced analysis integrated in design tools
  • Analysis, modelling, and probabilistic characterization of mechanical and environmental loadings on load carrying structures
  • Models and requirements for documented safety, serviceability, durability, and sustainability of load carrying structures for the built environment
  • Loads on and responses of adaptive and smart structures for the built environment

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

Other primary tasks involve:

  • Take a lead role in fundraising
  • Interdisciplinary collaborative research and innovation projects at national and international level
  • Services to public administrations and the industry
  • Dissemination of research results through scientific publications and towards the industry
  • Administrative duties including academic assessment work on all levels

You are expected to operate within an interdisciplinary research team as well as actively collaborate with other research groups at DTU.

As Head of Section for Structures and Safety you will be responsible for the overall strategic development of the teaching and research of all the disciplines covered by the section and you will be part of the management group, taking part in the overall strategic development of the Department.

In particular, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the section with reference to the Head of Department. Key tasks include:

  • Management of approx. 30 scientific employees
  • Operation and development of the section incl. resources, organization, academia, and quality management
  • Relations to stakeholders internally and externally
  • Development of the Section’s fundraising strategy, research project portfolio and teaching curriculum

You have a strong, proven track record in research, and education on a high international level within Structural safety.

You are enthusiastic about teaching and interaction with students, and you have successful experience in teaching and student supervision in one or more of the disciplines covered by the Section. Furthermore, you

  • Have a strong profile in research documented through original publications and citations in international scientific journals and proceedings
  • Have a demonstrated track record in research funding
  • Have a strong international network
  • Are creative, innovative, driven by scientific curiosity, and eager to collaborate with students, colleagues, and external partners
  • Have good communication skills in English and preferably also in Danish or another Scandinavian language, both written and spoken

You are enthusiastic about the chance to lead our Section for Structures and Safety towards new goals meeting the current challenges of the field.

You are an experienced research group and project manager, and you want to develop your leadership professionally. Furthermore, you believe in dialogue and feedback as the best foundation for sound decision-making and strive to develop talent amongst others.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Communication skills
  • Research-based standardization

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicants qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

For international applicants support for relocation and integration may be offered.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department, Niels-Jørgen Aagaard, phone +45 3048 8600, or Professor Henrik Stang, phone +45 3029 1735.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. For informal inquiries about the role please contact Tom Mellor (; +44 (0)20 7340 6234).

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 14 May 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link ‘Apply online’, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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